The Rope Cup is for the best all-round young man in the School, the young man who has been most outstanding for personality, leadership, strength of character, a sense of responsibility in performance of duties, scholarship, co-operation with staff and an athletic prowess and record in school activities.
The emphasis is on personal achievement – the best young man on the above points. Much of this could be achieved in his final year and the 2021 recipient is Head Prefect J. M. Sandelin.
Sandelin has maintained a strong academic focus in the Cambridge pathway while meeting his leadership and extracurricular commitments in a final year full of uncertainty. He has distinguished himself for his exceptional intellect, quick wit and natural leadership ability.
Sandelin has demonstrated great commitment to School life by being actively involved with the Premier Advanced Debating team over the last two years. He was ranked the second-best speaker in the final of the New Zealand Debating Championships in 2020 and was named as a member of the New Zealand Schools World Development Squad. His achievements saw him awarded Performing Arts Colours in 2020 and 2021. In the literary domain, Jack has served on the Chronicle Committee, the annual School publication, since Form 4 and was the 2021 student editor.
Sandelin’s appointment to the position of Head Prefect this year reflected his exceptional leadership qualities along with the high standards he set for himself. He is a considered and affable young leader, who is the epitome of a Grammar man. He has achieved well, demonstrating strength of character and integrity.
These characteristics along with his humility and empathy have engendered confidence in those around him while earning the respect of staff for a job well done.